Search Results: "Jennifer Trafton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RISE AND FALL OF MOUNT MAJESTIC by Jennifer Trafton
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Happily, the debut author's wry wit and flashes of satire mitigate many deficits. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The inhabitants of the Island at the Center of Everything are inclined to take things to extremes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY AND THE CHALK DRAGON by Jennifer Trafton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"What's meant to be a romp through a boy's imagination occasionally feels more prescription than fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Henry Penwhistle knows he is the only one who can save the world, or at least his school, from his artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU CAN'T PUSH A ROPE by Clint Trafton
Released: July 6, 2006

"Vivid and well-mapped-out, but ultimately closer to history lesson than novel."
A historical novel in the vein of John Steinbeck about a long disputed New Mexican territory and the Hispanic and White families that call it home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 16, 2012

"Ardent, progressive ideas derailed by a predictable plotline and stereotyped characters."
American alternative politics finds its heroine in Trafton's (You Can't Push A Rope, 2006) congressional what-if novel. Read full book review >

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WHEN HISTORY IS BURIED ALONGSIDE THE BODIES
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BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen

As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BAH! SAID THE BABY by Jennifer Plecas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A nifty romp that doubles as a guessing game (with some phonics tied in), this has appeal for large read-aloud crowds as well as siblings who seek a lighter new-baby tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A baby's first word sends mother, brother and sister rushing around to figure out what it means. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIG KAHUNA by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Together words and pictures create an utterly engaging picture-book experience—eye-catching, thought-provoking and just plain fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Surfer pigs rise above aphorisms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOVE PUG by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Thin stuff; for a satisfying love story aimed at the preschool set, seek out Robert Munsch's aforementioned classic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The odd couple gets a visit from a lady pug who is immediately smitten with Pug, aka Wonder Pug, at least according to Chick's boasts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVE'S PERFECT WORLD by Jennifer  Plecas
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Bibliotherapy with its heart in the right place, though a little underdone. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Olive and Emily, Emily and Olive; they will be best friends forever. Period. The End. Or is it? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EYE OF THE WHALE by Jennifer O'Connell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A whale of a tale for sure. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
With this story that amazes while it informs, readers cannot help but be touched by a singular event in which an ensnared humpback whale makes a profound connection with her rescuers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SYLVIE by Jennifer Sattler
ANIMALS
Released: May 26, 2009

"David Shannon's A Bad Case of Stripes (1998) for the younger set, this will be a hit in just about every setting. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"You are what you eat" is more than just a saying for Sylvie the flamingo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GO GO DOGS by Jennifer Knapp
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"In some ways, the art recalls Maira Kalman's work, without her skill; the adventures resemble those of her Max, without the wit. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A first-person narrator introduces "my dogs," one who ponders astrophysics and one is "too busy barking to waste time thinking." Read full book review >